Search Results for molecular nanotechnology (119)

  1. Recent Developments Give New Life to Molecular Nanotechnology

    Four recent announcements have reignited some proponents of molecular nanotechnology, most notably the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN), to examine scenarios of what will happen to the world when desktop nanofactories are available in 15 years, which is â''arguably optimisticâ'', according to CRN. The four recent developments are: â'¢ The release by US National Research Council last year calling for more funding or experimental research in molecular manufacturing â'¢ A request for proposals last July by DARPA for developing tip-based nanofabrication â'¢ The UK Government in October providing grants into developing nanomachines that can build materials molecule by …

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  2. Cracks in Molecular Nanotechnology Orthodoxy Starting to Form

    As I suggested might become the case last month, we are now beginning to see that the ideas of Eric Drexler in his Metamodern blog are not quite matching up with those of the proponents of molecular manufacturing. Drexler presents some of his concerns and doubts about diamondoid mechanosynthesis (DMS), which has been most vigorously pursued by Robert Freitas and Ralph Merkle. This has started a bit of debate between the two parties, which can be chronicled over at The Next Big Future blog. In it we get parsing of words like DMS is not a â''necessary first …

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